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Care homes and benefits - Benefits for your child when they live in a care home

When you or a member of your family go to live in a care home, the benefits you get may change. What will happen to your benefits depends on the type of benefit you get and whether you are going into or out of a care home. Living in a care home can also affect the benefits your partner or carer gets and any benefits you get for your children.

Benefits for your child when they live in a care home

If your child usually lives with you, but moves to live in a care home or residential school, any Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Disability Living Allowance you get for them could stop or be reduced. The rules are very complicated, so get advice if this applies to you.

You should tell the agency that pays your benefit if your child moves to live in a care home or school so that they can make any changes to your benefit to avoid paying you too much.

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